10 Ways To Save Money At The Pharmacy

Ways To Save At The Pharmacy

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The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit that has provided thousands of vehicle donations to struggling families nationwide, serves a wide array of individuals in need of transportation, many of those being medically needy individuals or families. These individuals must regularly take medication, and prescription costs can be expensive. Oftentimes people are unable to take the medication they have been prescribed because they cannot afford them. Whether they are insured, uninsured or under insured, the costs prove to be a hurdle they cannot overcome to get the medication they need.

Sometimes, these medications can determine whether minor illnesses, which are easily resolved with medication, become life threatening illnesses without access to proper treatment. The following is a list of 10 ways to save money at the pharmacy:


Always ask your pharmacist if the medication you have been prescribed has a generic version. Buying generic can save you tremendously.


While new medication may be prescribed more often than older versions of drugs that serve the same purpose, ask your doctor if you can try the older medication first. Older versions of medication are often far cheaper than newer ones, and almost always will have a generic version readily available, which can save you even more money.
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Past Recipient: Milton from IL

Car Donation Recipient Milton 1Milton, from Illinois, is a hardworking Army veteran and dedicated family man. He is a great role model for his 13 grandchildren, one of whom Milton raises and has legal custody of and several others of whom he is a father figure for.

In 2000, Milton’s life was turned upside-down financially and medically, due to an explosion on a construction jobsite where he was working at the time. This incident caused the progressive deterioration of discs in his back, nerve damage, and resulted in high blood pressure. He now uses a walker to get around.

Some years later, in 2007, Milton’s son unfortunately passed away from congestive heart failure. Milton, too, was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2009 and now has a pacemaker. Despite all of these family, medical, and financial issues, Milton still manages to keep a positive outlook on life and remain a great influence and role model for his grandchildren.
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Highlighting Those In Need: Bobbi From Tennessee

Car Donation Applicant Bobbi1-800-Charity Cars, conductors of the nations leading car donation/distribution program, established the www.freecharitycars.org website, where struggling families from across the country sign up and apply for a free charity car. Today, we would like to share the story of one of our car donation applicants who applied for a vehicle donation.

Bobbi Baines has been a dedicated member of our vehicle distribution website since April 30, 2010, where she filled out an application for assistance in receiving a vehicle. Here is a summary of her situation that she wanted to share:

“For four hours I was held hostage, terrorized and then shot twice in the chest by my husband at that time. He first pointed the gun at my head then lowered it and fired twice hitting me directly in the chest. I had my left kidney, spleen, and part of my pancreas removed. Ten months later, I had another surgery and the doctors said I wouldn’t be able to work any longer. I subsequently had to have several other surgeries. Due to my pancreas being removed I then developed diabetes, and I have been on an insulin pump for almost four years now. I am also developing arthritis in my feet and spine.
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What Car Donation Applicants Like Most About FreeCharityCars.org

What we believe of our FreeCharityCars.Org online community is that “Surprisingly, the unique website has organically morphed into an ever expanding, caring online community offering compassion and hope to struggling Americans.”
However, 1-800-Charity Cars, the nationwide car donation charity, realizes that what members of an online community believe is of greater value when ascertaining the foundation a site is built upon. It also gives merit to what we believe to be true of our community. We would like to share with you what our applicants like most about the freecharitycars.org community:

Car Donation Applicant Christy
Christine M Larkin (Christysue1972 Joined on: 11/19/13) – What do I like most about the Free Charity Cars Community? It is a hard question to answer without getting emotional. I joined last November because I was and still am desperate for a car. I live on a couch of a friend and my children are over 60 miles away. A lot has happened since then. Some good and some bad. On Free Charity Cars I have found support and friendship. Friends that will last a lifetime. Some support has been the strongest I have ever got. I joined for a car but I got so much more. I like most the relationships that have formed and truly love and feel loved by many. I needed it and didn’t know it. That’s what I personally like the most.

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Mercy’s Love For Pet Fostering Knows No Bounds

Mercy Pet Fostering 1
In a continuing effort to acknowledge May as National Foster Care Month, the following was written by a staff member here at 1-800-Charity Cars, Mercy, who shares her experience and passion for fostering animals.

As many of you may be aware by now, May is National Foster Care month. This seems an appropriate month for it, as Mother’s Day falls in May as well. At 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of donated vehicles to those in need, we try to encourage awareness of any and all charitable work, not just our own.

When you think about fostering, you probably think about caring for a little boy or girl that becomes part of your family, even if it’s just for a short time. However, I’d like to tell you about a different fostering opportunity that has enriched my life. For the last 15 years, I have opened my home to several foster “children” of the four-legged variety. I have fostered dogs, cats, turtles, guinea pigs, you name it! If it has four legs, it is welcome in my house.

You might be asking yourself “why does she do it?” The answer is very simple: Animals provide me with unconditional love, and in return all they wanted was a little attention. I provide food, shelter and as much love and attention as I can squeeze into the few weeks or months that they are with me. They give all of the love they have, without reservation or any strings attached, every single time they see you. When was the last time your spouse or children got so excited to see you when you got home, that they piddled on the floor? They have never done it for me either, but my animals, whether my own or my foster animals, are a different story. You might have just left for an hour, but to them it feels like an eternity.
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May 25th Is National Missing Children Day

National Missing Children Day

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On May 25, 1979 Etan Patz, a 6 year old boy from New York, disappeared on his way home from school. Sadly, he was never found. He was never recovered and in 2001 he was legally declared dead. This abduction received an avalanche of media attention and was ultimately the reason the missing children movement was formed. Former United States President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation and National Missing Children’s Day observance began in 1983. Since then, this day has been observed every year on the anniversary of the day Etan Patz originally disappeared.

This day is used as an opportunity for everyone to spread awareness about child abductions, to educate our children about safety, and to support the families of victims. 1-800-Charity Cars, providers of reliable transportation to people in need since 1996, wants to share the following list of ways that you can help honor National Missing Children Day:

  • Use your social networks, blogs, and websites to spread awareness.
  • Sit your own children down and commit to spending time with them to discuss child abduction and how they can stay safe.
  • Seek out volunteer opportunities in your community to assist with missing children programs.
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Past Recipient: Estelle from Orlando, FL

car donation recipientEstelle suffers from a progressive disease of the lungs called Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This disease makes it very difficult to breathe. Estelle’s COPD causes her to have numerous doctors’ appointments. She collects disability because of her inability to work due to the disease, which leaves her on a tight, fixed income. Her budget made it very hard to save money for a car. When she finally managed to save enough money for a car, she was the victim of a scam. She never received the vehicle that she paid for. Estelle is often reliant on rides from friends and neighbors. She’s forced to use public transportation, but due to her disease, walking to and from the distant bus stops is very difficult.

Car Donation Recipient 2On May 15th, 2014, Estelle became a car donation recipient when she received a call from 1-800-Charity Cars.
“I could hardly talk because I was so happy!” said Estelle, as she recalled her reaction to receiving the call. She was extremely excited when 1-800-Charity Cars CEO and founder, Brian Menzies, took her to see her very own 2006 Hyundai Sonata; “From the city bus, to something nice like this!”

She feels blessed and is very thankful to have the ability to attend her medical appointments and grocery shopping without having to rely on friends or public transportation. “Thank you donor, you just made my day! You don’t know what you’ve done for me!” exclaimed Estelle, as she expressed her gratitude.

You can witness Estelle’s heartwarming reaction to receiving the car in the video below:

Donors help us create moments like this for struggling families through their wonderful generosity. When you donate to 1-800-Charity Cars you are helping to change the lives of the medically needy, veteran families, victims of domestic violence and many more. Car donations, running or not, help our 100% non-profit charity make a difference. Donate to help change a life and receive a deductible receipt you can claim on your taxes. If we can provide your vehicle to a family, you will receive a full fair market value tax deduction. To donate, call 1-800-242-7489, utilize our easy online form, or make monetary donations through JustGive and PayPal at 800charitycars.org.

5 Most Commonly Overlooked Things You Should Keep In Your Car

Things you should keep in your car

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While the majority of vehicle owners today are getting better about keeping items in their vehicles to assist them in times of emergency or vehicle break downs, it seems the primary focus is placed on the usual items; such as a first aid kit, a flash light, jumper cables or a spare tire. There are other things you should keep in your car that can prove to be extremely beneficial to you in the event of an emergency situation that you may not have thought of before.

The Original 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit committed to providing reliable transportation to struggling families through the gift of car donations, would like to highlight some things you should keep in your vehicle by offering you the following list:


Got an old cell phone lying around the house collecting dust? Charge it up and keep it in the glove compartment of your car. Be sure you keep it turned off to maintain battery life, but check the charge occasionally. There is no need to have any type of service plan on the phone, as all cell phones can be used to call 911 in case of emergency, even if there is no active subscription for service on the phone.
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How Donating Your Flood Damaged Car Benefits Others

Donating your flood damaged car
There are times when mother nature strikes and severe weather conditions: such as torrential downpours of rain, tornadoes, or hurricanes to name a few, cause vehicles to suffer water damage. Other times it can be a busted water main, a broken levee, or even poorly constructed streets without proper drainage in place that can lead to your vehicle being submerged in water. In the majority of these instances, vehicles are left in a state of disrepair and owners are left deciding what to do with their damaged vehicles. 1-800-Charity Cars, a national non-profit charity who provides free donated vehicles to struggling families, asks that you consider donating your flood damaged car. Here is some insight into how your flood damaged vehicle can help change the lives of a family in need:


  • You do not have to deal with the hassle of getting a “salvage title” for your vehicle.
  • You do not have to go through the difficult process of trying to sell a vehicle that has a “salvage” title.
  • You do not have to worry about the expense of having the vehicle towed.
  • You can take that damaged vehicle and turn it into a charitable donation that can help someone in need.
  • You will get a tax deduction for your vehicle donation.

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Highlighting Those In Need: Patricia from West Virginia

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1-800-Charity Cars, a nonprofit charity, operates Free Charity Cars, where families in need are able to apply for a free charity car nationwide. We would like to highlight one of our car donation applicants to share with you the families your donation would be helping.

Patricia Boggs has been a member of our vehicle distribution site since April 30, 2010, where she has applied for assistance in receiving a vehicle. Here is a summary of what receiving a car donation would mean to Patricia:

“I have been a member of the freecharitycars.org site since April of 2010. I joined as I was in need of a vehicle and after about a year and a half I thought life was getting better as my husband had found me a $500.00 beater car. At that point, I had been without a car for seven years, so I was happy thinking things were looking up. I stayed on Free Charity Cars to pay it forward and help others in need. I started transferring my votes out that I had accumulated to help the other members. Unfortunately that beater car did not last long and I found myself still needing a vehicle. I am proud of having helped as many as I did transferring my votes to them, and would do it again.
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